A comprehensive study based upon data from Spain shows a stark contrast between firms that adopt robot technology and those that do not. Spain has one of the highest robot density levels per worker in Europe. The data come from the Encuesta Sobre Estrategias Empresariales (ESEE), an annual survey of around 1,900 Spanish manufacturing firms [...]
This article from OZY describes how China is preparing for changes in the world's manufacturing climate over the coming decades. China — already at the forefront of the global robot revolution — is laying the foundations for an alternative model for robots: “collaborative automation solutions” — known as CoBots — that work with humans instead [...]
Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) is moving skilled manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from China by leveraging robotic automation. Wage increases in China and advances in automation efficiency make BCA's new factory in South Carolina immediately cost competitive with China. In the future, this U.S. cost advantage will continue to increase.
This Robotics & Automation article summarizes a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) focused on robots and jobs. The article is very upbeat and emphasizes that low-skilled labor will be replaced by high-skilled, higher-wage jobs. Within its report titled Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All, the WEF strongly advocates for lifelong learning. Here is [...]
We often get asked this question about robots and jobs. Our simple answer is "no!"... but the detailed answer is much more complex. Yes, labor is shifting to robots for many low-skill jobs, especially ones that fit the "3 Ds" of Dirty, Dangerous or Drudgery. If you live in a high-wage region like the United [...]
At present, Collaborative Robot usage is growing faster in the Asia Pacific region than within Europe or the US. This Economic Times article describes the rapid growth of cobots in India, including applications in automotive, health care, education and research. Over the long term, this trend is likely to reverse with the US taking a leadership [...]